[erlang-questions] Use of makefiles

Bengt Kleberg <>
Fri Feb 29 14:14:55 CET 2008


Greetings,

Would not erlang be a good choice to harness the power of multi core
chips?

There is a make module in erlang. Does it do parallel make?


bengt

On Fri, 2008-02-29 at 12:51 +0000, Chandru wrote:
> On 28/02/2008, James Hague <> wrote:
> > As much as I like Joe's book, the use of makefiles jumped at at me as
> >  clunky and outdated against the background of the other topics
> >  discussed in it.  There are simpler options:
> >
> 
> I don't agree that Makefiles are outdated. Clunky? Probably.
> 
> Peter Mander (my colleague) has implemented a build system using
> Makefiles which is brilliant. It builds and packages a whole release
> for our system in about 30 seconds using parallel make (-j option) on
> an 8 core machine. Some of our systems are comprised about 7 different
> type of nodes and during develop-test-release cycles, we have to churn
> out new builds quite a few times. It has already saved us a *lot* of
> time and effort.
> 
> I personally am not very familiar with the Makefile syntax but I don't
> think it would've been easy to achieve the same results, in quite the
> same time, by rolling our own version of make.
> 
> cheers
> Chandru
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